Announcing iQ Private Domain Brokerage.

Super premium domains only.

I’m pleased to announce a new service that involves myself and colleagues from DNS Global and RegistryOffice. It’s called iQ Private Domain Brokerage. More about our new iQ brand will be shared in the coming weeks in a subsequent post.  For now I’ll focus on our super premium brokerage service that will fall under the iQ brand.

Our brokerage services are reserved for those seeking to acquire a truly exceptional super premium domain name for their business idea, investment, or brand, and have a budget to pay for it. Conversely, if you’re a seller and our appraisal of your asset meets our standards, then we’ll take it on to market and sell.

So why are doing this? 

Well one reason is that we believe the market for buying and selling super premium generic names, especially names with little or no digital history, is set to expand in percentage of total transaction deal flow, and currency value over the coming years. Another is because we desire to leverage our trusted global knowledge, experience and results with those looking to invest or sell.  

We have been highly involved in the domain and hosting industries collectively since 1993. Over the decades we have mostly passed on direct aftermarket opportunities presented to us by buyers and sellers. But we haven’t passed on developing services and tools that address the premium names market. 

For example, at RegistryOffice we have built and continue to operate a full on Premium Name Consulting Service that includes strategy, discovery, appraisal, audits, website integration, design and development services for our registry operator clients. We also have a killer Premium Namespace Management Module in our RegistryOffice Business Intelligence tool that enables registries to build, manage and track lists of premium names from all of their distribution channels.  

So now it comes naturally to introduce our super premium brokerage service, and particularly as one component offering via our new iQ brand that I’ll be posting more on in the coming weeks.  We will keep it simple with our approach and execution. We will only work on an exclusive basis. We will only deal with real authenticated investors and companies. It will keep us focused and our clients happy. 

Mining the right name asset can propel your business idea, investment or brand to the next level of your dreams.

For buyers, we can advise you on deal structure to fit your budget and business plan. For sellers, we can advise on a variety of creative terms and conditions that can leverage multiple opportunities and risk factors. Because we’ve done it ourselves.

We will be very selective. 

To that end we are pleased to exclusively offer this extraordinarily rare super premium 4L one-word generic domain name. It’s a powerful and universal term, recognized in every major language.  It hasn’t been used since August 2018 and has no negative digital history. More next week on this fabulous name!   

RegistryOffice adds more COVID-19 scam domain report feeds to Abuse Monitor.

This is an article that I originally posted on our RegistryOffice.blog site on April 1st.

We’ve added more suspected COVID-19 pandemic related domain scam report source feeds and will shortly now include human verified blacklist feeds to production in our Abuse Monitor.  This will help registry operators, registrars and hosters to save resources and effort managing the flood of COVID-19 domain abuse reports.  

We will provide these feeds, as well as our existing reputation feeds, via Abuse Monitor at no charge or obligation for 60 days to any registry operator (gTLD or ccTLD), registrar or hosting providers that desire to access. Included in the service is our tool to manage identified domain abuse cases either through a web interface, or use our API. Contact us to get going.

covid19abuse w registrars example

We initially integrated a list provided by Malware Patrol and have since added CheckPhish.ai and a continuously updated blacklist provided by the COVID-19 Cyber Threat Coalition (@ThreatCoalition) that we have joined and endorsed. This is a remarkable global volunteer coalition of cybersecurity experts publishing data sets with indicators believed to be used by criminals trying to prey on individuals, organizations, businesses and governments using the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The additional feeds, as well as our existing reputation feeds, will help users determine if the multiple feeds that we have curated are reporting suspected abuse for the same domain name. Below is an example screenshot where three different sources are reporting for the same domain name:

covid19mask multi case example

We are working hard on combining all available intelligence and endeavour to compare what is received against vetted whitelists in order to assist in reducing false positives. As development cycles can vary widely among registry operators, registrars and hosters, getting access to this tool now (and at no charge) can assist in mitigating this particular abuse threat and free up internal dev people for other priorities.  

We are using the same abuse monitoring workflow logic that already applies to our tool for monitoring and managing domain abuse as defined by ICANN spec 11.3.b.  Ultimately it is up to the registry operator or registrar to investigate each report of abuse and then manage each case according to their own policies and protocol, or they can be managed by RegistryOffice if using our managed services. 

The ICANN Registry Agreement Spec 11.3B is related to DNS abuse. The COVID-19 feeds are more focused on content on a website.

Some of our COVID-19 feeds identify a domain name as suspicious based on keywords (“corona” “covid19” or other related keywords). This does not necessarily mean that the domain is being used for nefarious purposes. Some new registrations may be legitimate or point to parking pages. However, our testing has found that many are being used for malicious purposes such as leading to malware and phishing activity, which by our interpretation constitutes domain name abuse as defined by spec 11.3.b.   

We will shortly now include vetted COVID-19 feeds. A vetted feed is investigated by humans, hence should be more accurate and with lower false positives.

Compared with “legacy” Reputation Block Lists  (Spamhaus, SURBL etc), we ask you to understand that the COVID-19 feeds are developed rapidly and in a more “ad-hoc” design. Our objective to add the COVID-19 feeds is to take part in the fight against false information, scams and phishing. We cannot let the pandemic be a playground for the bad guys.

We believe our subscribers will benefit from having this information and determine how best to act to protect their interests, and ultimately the public.  We invite any registry operator (gTLD or ccTLD), registrar or hosting provider that has not yet subscribed to our domain Abuse Monitor to leverage our tools and the COVID-19 scam intelligence at no charge and no obligation for 60 days. Contact us to get going

Updated 2 April 2020 by Pinky Brand
Posted 1 April 2020 by Pinky Brand

 

RegistryOffice supports the “Framework to Address Abuse”

An article that I originally posted on our RegistryOffice.blog site on January 14th. 

Defining and fighting DNS abuse has been getting attention within the domain name industry in recent years, and was especially a major topic of conversation and debate in 2019.

Last October, the Framework to Address Abuse was published by eleven original signatories and now has 48 signatory registrars and registries. RegistryOffice supports the Framework as it provides a common definition of certain types of DNS abuse and states that registries and registrars must act upon the defined categories. It also addresses important related matters such as:

  • Website Content Abuse
  • Disproportionality and Collateral Damage
  • When Should a Registrar or Registry Act on Website Content Abuse?
  • Proper Referral Procedures for Website Content Abuse
  • What “Taking Action” Looks Like
  • ICANN’s Role

The Framework also talks about the “The Role of Trusted Notifiers.” Through our Abuse Monitor service for registries and registrars, RegistryOffice acts as a Trusted Notifier and subject matter expert in providing a cost-effective and trusted SaaS platform to assist with DNS abuse notification, management and reporting.

From 2020 and beyond, we believe that registry operators, registrars and hosters will continue to face increasing and new types of security threats. It is important that all entities establish a way to monitor their namespace for security threats.

It is also important for all concerned to work together in order to coordinate identification, verification, and management of such threats and reduce false positive reporting.  This is not only to negate the possibility of new policies and regulations being imposed by regulatory authorities and government, but also to protect the general public, partners, and the reputations of registries, registrars and the industry as a whole.

Let’s work together to build a safer Internet.

We invite you to participate in the conversation about abuse!  You can learn more in a few short weeks at NamesCon 2020 in Austin during the following sessions:

Fighting DNS Abuse at Scale – Wednesday January 29, 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

DNS Abuse: Threats and Responses – Friday January 31, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

View our short 4 1/2 minute video introduction of Abuse Monitor:

Download our “Fighting DNS Abuse at Scale” paper – It explains how the RegistryOffice Abuse Monitor helps its clients to efficiently manage their abuse workflow, protect the reputation of their zone(s) and build a safer Internet.

DOWNLOAD Fighting DNS Abuse at Scale

Posted 7 February 2020

I’m joining the RegistryOffice team

I’m thrilled to announce that I have joined the RegistryOffice team full time as Senior VP Marketing & Sales.

RegistryOffice business intelligence joins data from multiple sources and uses machine learning together with AI to improve insight in order to find patterns and trends that would otherwise be hard for domain name registries to discover manually.

In addition to spreading the good word about our Business Intelligence and Abuse Monitoring services, I’ll be working with my colleagues to expand the range of our consulting services. Also I am bringing over my registry operator clients who will benefit from additional expertise and resources.

This wasn’t a snap decision. However it was an easy one in view of my long-time relationship with the founders, the entire team and the services. In the early days of RegistryOffice I evaluated a beta version of the Business Intelligence service for a registry operator client and instantly recognized its benefits. With great clients, their valuable feedback + a killer team of respected industry veterans on the RegistryOffice side, the service just keeps on getting better and better.

There is so much more to come and plenty of opportunities in this space. You can keep up with what’s going on at our new blog at RegistryOffice.blog. Go ahead and subscribe so you don’t miss a post. 🙂

I’ll be in Vegas for NamesCon Global at the end of January, so hit me up if you’d like to meet or get a demo.

We will also be presenting two RegistryOffice sponsored sessions at NamesCon:

  • Sunday 11am –  Building a Safer Internet While Fighting Abuse At Scale
  • Tuesday 10am – Data rules. How domain industry leaders use it to their advantage.

 

I hope to see some of you there!

Peace,
Pinky

New Premium Names Manager from RegistryOffice

Looking towards ICANN 63 in Barcelona, I thought I’d share brand new features rolling out to RegistryOffice and the AbuseMonitor that will make it easier than ever for you to track, take action and have efficient tools to manage and grow your TLD or ccTLD. Yes RegistryOffice works with ccTLDs and ccTLD customers have been added this year.

Premium name sales are proving to be a trending key revenue driver for some operators. Thus a new Premium Manager module has been added to RegistryOffice in response to registry operators who are wanting to get a better handle on tracking their EPP vs direct sales, tracking registrar or agent commissions—and for example, if the sale occurred during a registrar promotion or auction.

RegistryOffice is designed and flexible to work with various backend providers. If another customer is already integrated with the same backend as you then it is easy to get an evaluation version so you can get an idea of this will improve your insight and growth.

Trying to get a handle on your premium name inventory and understanding ROI and renewals attributed to multiple registrar campaigns?  Maybe we should talk?

.HOMES is launching as an unrestricted TLD

.HOMES is launching as an unrestricted TLD on January 14th, 2019.

Dominion Registries, which operates .HOMES, will be removing the current restrictive eligibility requirements. Anyone will then be able to register or acquire available General Availability (GA) or premium names starting 14 January.

Think names such as vacation.homes, tiny.homes, foreclosed.homes, LongIsland.homes, BayArea.homes, Houston.homes, Chicago.homes, YourCompanyName.homes and so on.

Pricing for standard GA .HOMES names is going to be significantly lower than it is now, and the lower pricing will be effective on 14 January as well. Most premium names will be offered in 7 price tiers via EPP and renewals will be at standard prices. Afilias is the backend RSP.

Real estate is a $1.5 trillion dollar industry in the U.S. alone, and over half the country will be looking for a new home over the next five years. There are 1.4 million monthly searches for keywords relating to homes for sale. Names containing “homes” are registered in .com at a rate of ~250/day ~91,500/yr pace.  Sources: National Association of Realtors, Verisign DomainScope

This will be a great opportunity for registrars to acquire or upsell business customers and naming investors with interests in the housing and real estate verticals. Proxy registrations will be allowed starting on 14 January.

Dominion Registries is a relatively new client. Their parent, Dominion Enterprises, own and operate widely recognized B2C web and mobile portals, including ForRent.com, Homes.com and CycleTrader.com, that generate nearly 30 million unique visits monthly. They have 3,000 employees in their Norfolk, Va. home office, across the U.S., and internationally.

They also own and operate .AUTOS, .BOATS, .YACHTS and .MOTORCYCLES. All were originally launched as restricted TLDs.

.BOATS eligibility requirements have already been removed with pricing to be reduced on 15 October.

.YACHTS eligibility requirements will be removed on 15 October and prices will be reduced.  .MOTORCYCLES will follow on 1 November with equally lower pricing.

.AUTOS remains restricted for now. I’m expecting that will change at some point in Q1 2019 with lower pricing as well.

Please go here to request a review copy of the .homes RRA or simply contact me to learn more or set up a call.

ccTLD accreditation in China

I’m pleased to announce that my client, Beijing InfiniTLD Ltd, along with ZDNS, has successfully assisted Neustar (Beijing) Technology Co., Ltd. in obtaining their China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) accreditation to operate the .CO country-code top level domain (ccTLD) in China for five years.  This is notable in that .CO is the first foreign ccTLD approved by MIIT among dozens of other new gTLDs approved since 2014.

The .CO ccTLD, corresponding to the ISO 3166 Alpha-2 code for the nation of Colombia, is operated by .CO Internet S.A.S. in Bogota, Colombia and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of privately held Neustar, Inc., headquartered in Sterling, Virginia.

For the purposes of .CO’s accreditation in China, InfiniTLD assisted with application services, including key stages and procedures, and ZDNS addressed technical matters and requirements.

Beyond, .com, .cn and Chinese IDNs, ccTLDs are favored by some Chinese because they are short (always two letters) and easy to remember.

If you are an operator of a ccTLD (or a new gTLD) and are interested in the China market, feel free to contact me to learn more about how you can work with InfiniTLD to get your registry operation set up and legal in China.  This includes support to establish domestic entities (WFOE) in China, channel expansion, sales management, marketing and products optimization, etc.

Does your government directly manage and operate your ccTLD and thus establishing a domestic entity in China is not an option? Not a problem. I’ve got a solution to address that. 🙂

Timing and relationships are everything in China! Act quickly and with the right people, otherwise you may spend an inordinate amount of time attempting to enter the Chinese market.

 

Demo Video: Domain Abuse Monitor

Are you a TLD registry operator looking for an affordable and intuitive ICANN Spec 11.3.b compliant abuse monitoring and case management platform?

Take 9 minutes and watch my June 2018 update demo of the RegistryOffice Abuse Monitor.

Abuse Monitor consists of two major components:

  1. Abuse Detection. The service must be able to detect threats as they occur and immediately notify you with few or non false positives.
  2. Case Management. When you are notified about malicious activity, how do you make sure you handled it professionally? How do you make sure you don’t forget to follow up a case and keep track of the actions taken? You need a proper CRM or Case Management System for your abuse cases.

It’s built from the bottom up to be as cost efficient as possible, but at the same time provide ICANN Compliance.

The Basic version was developed for .brands and smaller registries that have little to no abuse. The Standard version is best suited for open registries that actively want to combat any and all malicious activities in their zone.

The professionally managed option (available for either version) has been selected by some registry operators. It’s great if you don’t have much experience in handling abuse. It’s also great even if you have staff that can handle follow-up, but would rather have them focus on stuff like sales, marketing, operations, etc. instead of dealing with abusive registrants and filing reports to ICANN.

Please contact me for an in-depth demo and discussion.

Time to kill the spreadsheets

I’ve produced a video that introduces a sensational RegistryOffice report that will reduce headaches related to domain name marketing campaign financial reporting and planning to your colleagues, management or Board, etc.

Plus another report to demonstrate how your renewals and deletes can be better forecasted and managed—even related to multiple specific marketing campaigns.

The best part is both eliminate the need for you or that lucky someone at your registry operation to stress over cobbling together spreadsheets and reports every month or quarter.

The information, reports and forecasts are always—just there—like your electricity.

So nice. 🙂

Take a look.  Then contact me to arrange a full-on live demo.

 

 

Understanding your TLD’s heartbeat

If you don’t have consistent access to the hearbeat of your registry, you can’t properly manage and grow your namespace.

That’s why I’m thrilled to announce that my consultancy is now an authorized Marketing Partner for the RegistryOffice Saas Business Intelligence platform and the RegistryOffice Abuse Monitor service for domain name registries.

My consultancy manages the backoffice and other functions for a variety of TLD registry operators. I am enthusiastic about the RegistryOffice platform because I use it.

If you want to quit worrying about time and internal resources needed to constantly collect data from multiple sources in order to analyze and combine all that data into reports and insight you can instantly share with your colleagues, board, registrars, whomever— then you need to take a look at RegistryOffice.

If you can’t deal with managing a project to build a system that provides rich data so that you can offer enhanced features on your websites, portals and dynamic ads for your TLD(s) so you can sell more—and faster—then you need to take a look at the RegistryOffice API.

Last, but not least, if you are searching for a cost-effective service to monitor your namespace for pharming, phishing, malware, spam and botnets in accordance with Spec 11.3.b of your Registry Agreement, or if you need Professional Case Management by security experts, then you need to take a look at the ICANN compliant Abuse Monitor, a new service from RegistryOffice.

Please contact me to set up a live demo.